A recent blog post of mine titled “’If I were at home, I would have died’ – The trouble with extrapolating hospital birth events to homebirth” received a lot of attention. One blogger, Amy Tuteur, published a scathing response to my piece on her personal blog.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) has a motion on the table to change its name to the American College of Midwives (ACM). While there has been talk about this change for years, there may finally be enough support to approve the motion at the upcoming annual meeting in San Antonio. Much internal discussion of the politics surrounding the name change and how it may affect direct-entry midwifery has been occurring privately — I would like to move the discussion into a more public midwifery arena.
I interviewed homebirth midwife Hilary Schlinger CNM, CPM about the proposed name change and her vision for the future of midwifery in the US. Hilary has a long history in midwifery politics as both a CPM and CNM. She has served on the Midwives Alliance of North America board of directors and is the author of Circle of Midwives, a book about the history of the Midwives Alliance of North America and the resurgence of midwifery as a profession in the United States.
What a tear-jerker! This is such a beautiful piece, no wonder it’s been circulating strong around the community. Attended by the lovely Rebecca Egbert of Green Midwife Community Birth Services, whom I’ve had the privilege of birth assisting the past few months.
Our power as women blows me away. Change happens one by one. Every action we take can inspire one small bit of change, one small ripple of peace that someone might carry with them through the rest of their life.
“Our grandmas tell us we’re the first environment, that our babies inside of our bodies see through the mother’s eyes and hear through the mother’s ears. Our bodies as women are the first environment of the baby coming, and the responsibility of that is such that we need to reawaken our women to the power that is inherent in that transformative process that birth should be.”
From the 1999 Bioneers Conference, Marin Center near San Francisco, CA.
Don’t miss this — A smart, powerful short look at the public politics of birth change, homebirth and midwifery. Featuring legislators, midwives, and mothers. Oh, and there’s a birth in there too!
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